Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Had a few days to do a little sewing. I really enjoyed using my hands once more. Just something little so I felt a sense of achievement This little chicken will be winging its way to my daughter, she requested the fabrics ages ago, but with being so busy working over Christmas, I never seemed to have the opportunity
Anyway just a little something to share.

Happy holidays to you all.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Secret Santa

Merry Christmas everyone.

This is my lovely present!!

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Well I am keeping a promise, to my good friend Shirley. I have been very remiss, and cannot believe I have not posted for so many months. I have not been very prolific in the sewing department, but thought you might like to see my singer 222k . Which was manufactured in Scotland in 1955. She is so tiny and sews with a lovely hum. I call her my precious! I had a lovely lunch with my good friends, Kate, Margaret, Rosemary, Pat and Shirley
We exchanged xmas gifts, and these Delicious things are what I came home with. Thank you so much girls!
Oh and another photo of my little 222k

Short and sweet but I must try harder, this one's for you Shirl.xx

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Clamshells and fruit

Yesterday was a bit of a non event day, I was so tired after very little sleep, I just mooched around and felt sorry for myself. I did manage to put the few clams on to make this a size for the bag I have planned. It must have been a foodie day, because I also made some fruit, for my new bowl.
And to prove I do not just buy sewing machines. I did but that is another post!!!!
I bought these lovely bright tins for my kitchen. They are very like bakolite?? I love them and they are yummy

You all take care
am off to work now.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Sewing machine Addiction

I did not realise that I had not posted for ages, time flies by so. I am afraid that I have been bitten by the clamshell bug. This is just going to be a small project, and hopefully will be a reasonably quick finish. I realise I have been a bit low of mood lately, but these little things make my heart sing. They are pieced the Inklingo way, thanks to the brilliant Linda(www.Lindafranz.com ). I hope to attach a link button for her site, her method of printing on fabric makes life so much easier.
I thought you might like to see how mine and my husbands addiction to picking up sewing machines is coming along. Rather too well I think!!!)
This is a child's Vulcan cast metal machine, dating from the mid 1950s I believe. It does a beautiful chain stitch.

This is my latest car boot buy, a beautiful green husqvarna viking, it is a straight stitch machine, and does it stitch a dream. It is a beautiful green, that is my favourite colour, by the way. I think she must be 1950s, but I can find no info, so if anyone can help me here I will be grateful.
I think I will call her Jade the Viking. The case is as green and immaculate as the machine.

This is my Grans old treadle sewing machine, I think I need some more lessons before I can drive her properly. She needs a little more tlc, after being in the cupboard for 42 years!
She is to be called Gladys May after my Nan

This Brother Windowmatic is another 50s machine and I think was a very top drawer machine. It stitches a dream, and although a lot of the machines were made in Japan, this was actually made in Ireland. It is absolutely immaculate, and has all the original paperwork and accessories.
A bargain at £3.50

This is a 1900 Singer,I bought off my 96 year young neighbour, who bought it in the early 50s to make some sails for a boat he had made, it is hand cranked, beautiful and immaculate. It had a pride of place at our quilt show, which George came to see, and really enjoyed. What wonderful history.

This is the cover to my pride of place machine.

This is a beautiful 1890, fiddlebase Singer, my husband bought it for me at a car boot, I dare not say how little he payed for it. He had no idea what he was buying, it was stuck under a table with the lid on he took the lid off thought it was pretty and bought it.
He has lovingly oiled it polished it, and it now stitches out pretty well. he would like to do more, but we are a little anxious of damaging it.
In the lid of the machine were all the original accessories, and we also have the original instruction booklet. It is so beautiful, I cannot stop looking at it, and thinking that 120 years ago someone stitched on this machine.
Hope i have not bored you too much. If anyone can tell me any more about any of these machines I will be grateful.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Thanks to Alice and Jim for a wonderful weekend with our children and grandchildren
Rhiannon the brilliant barbeque queen! Rhiannon and Grandma
Matthew my handsome son

Leah and Jodie our beautiful grown up girls

Rhiannon and Megan our beautiful grandaugthers

Laura and Leah more of our beautiful girls

We had a lovely week, miss you all.
Mom and Dad

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Round Robin finish

Well today we have unveiled the last round of our round robin. We now have our own blocks back, to finish as quilts. wallhangings or whatever takes our fancy, aren't we lucky!!
All the blocks are really stunning, and I think we all deserve a pat on the back.
This is my original block back in my hands now. Margaret has made a stunning addition in the form of a delectable mountain. All in a really stunning batik. I am absolutely overwhelmed by this, and the cogs are ticking away in my head. This is Shirleys stunning block. I have not taken a good picture of the lovely fabric that Rosemary has chosen, doesn't it look fantastic.
This is Rosemary's original block. It really does look stunning with the pinwheel border, that Shirley added. I think I can safely say that Rosemary was really pleased with her block.
Here is Margaret's original block, with the black framing border that Kate added. It really is stunning.
This is Kate's original block, with the lovely gold border that Pat, has added, I think this really does set off the block. Unfortnately Kate was unable to be there so I hope, she loves her block as much as we all did.
This is Pats original block I had added a plain cream border with little le moyne stars, in the corners, to echo the 8 pointed star in the centre, Pat was very pleased I think.
So this challenge has finished for now. We have set a date for Christmas to bring back the finished quilt. So now we have to get the old grey cells moving. I hope you all enjoy this as much as we did.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Late blogging again, from Wednesdays group.
Here are my little 1/2 inch hexes. Gowing very slowly. Another row added!

Round robin time, this is the block that I got to take home, originally Pats, yum yum

This is Kates original block now set on point. Love the blue Shirl

This is the border I added to Margarets original block

This will be mine all mine next week!!! Kate added the last yummy border.

Look at Rosemary's block now those lovely prairie points, and the lovely dyed fabric, where did you get that Pat haha!

Did not get chance to photo Shirleys block as Margaret forgot it, but it will be a lovely suprise next week.
Right off to work for me boo hoo.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Today was the day to reveal our round robins. Round 4 of 6.
This is what I had added to Rosemary's original block This what else I have been doing, 2 blocks toward my daughters quilt, which she has requested, she might get it for her 30th, in 2011!!

The pattern is from Material Obsession.

This is the embroidery detail from my addition to this weeks round robin. The previous fabric had butterflies in the print, so I thought this tied it in without being too busy.

Here is our Shirl, with her lovely block, Kate had added the pink border. will try and post a clearer picture.

Here is me with my original block. Pat had added the two lovely borders in yummy colours. This block is now in Kate's capable hands.

Here is Rosemary, with her original block. This has now gone to Pat for the next round.

Here is Kate with her original block, Rosemary has added the latest border in pastel colours, so lovely. Shirley now has this block.

Pat is pictured here with her original block. Sorry Pat this is not a flattering photo, but you were a naughty girl and would not stay still for the camera!! Rosemary now has this block, last border added by Margaret.

Finally Margaret is pictured with her stunning block, recently worked on by Shirl, well done girls. I now have this block, I hope I don't spoil it.

Phew!! Think I have got that right, need a lie down before the next round. LOL

Monday, 3 May 2010

How about my quilted companion Pebbles, she loves wheat bags, eiderdowns, quilts etc. We both miss Honey bunch, but find comfort in our sewing room. (No floor visible in this or any view!)
I have been cooking up some goodies today, after a year of no get up and go on the dyeing front, I have started again. These little FQ jewels are making my heart sing. This is them on the line, smelling of fresh air, and looking like nothing on earth!!

This is my new machine, bought at a car boot for £20. I am looking forward to cleaning it up, it sounds like a dream when running, even the light works. Look at all the fascinating feet. Oak cabinet, off the line in 1922, what workmanship, what more can a girl want???

This is my 'old' machine,what more can a girl want lol

I had some visitors today. Most of them family. but this woodpecker called in too.